Shoppers take to the stores on Black Friday
Shoppers wheel out big ticket items at this Best Buy Store in St. Louis on November 27, 2009. Big screen televisions were a popular item, followed by lap top computers and I-pods as buyers took advantage of the low prices on Black Friday. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
U.S. retail receipts fell in the week ending Friday as consumers pulled back from a record sales day on Black Friday, a trade group said.
Three more syringes were found in clothes purchased at a Georgia Walmart, bringing to eight the total number of needles found since last week, officials said.
Consumer enthusiasm last weekend has U.S. retailers crossing their fingers that spending momentum will keep up through the holiday season.
The FBI says it was inundated with requests for background checks from prospective gun buyers during last week's Black Friday holiday shopping crush.
Some U.S. online retailers extended Cyber Monday sales through the week as shoppers spent a projected $1.2 billion on the year's biggest online shopping day.
The woman who used pepper spray during a Black Friday stampede at a Los Angeles Walmart store may have feared being crushed, police said.
Gold prices rose 1.2 percent Monday, as equities soared on Wall Street following a record Black Friday sales day with receipts estimated at $11.4 billion.
U.S. shoppers spent a record $11.4 billion on Black Friday with sales up 6.6 percent from last year, a retail research firm said.
U.S. authorities said they were out in force on Cyber Monday, cracking down on Internet companies selling counterfeit merchandise.
Cyber Monday sales will likely set a record, analysts say, after a Thanksgiving weekend when a record 226 million U.S. shoppers spent $52 billion.